Do you know where Black Friday got its name? Black Friday is a shopping event that is originally from Northern America. It is held at the end of November the day after Thanksgiving. People tend to visit families and stay at home during Thanksgiving. This is why that Friday has been very quiet in stores and boutiques. The Friday was ‘black’ in terms of sales.

Stores began to offer discounts and special offers to get people to shop. Today Black Friday is ‘celebrated’ all over the globe. At some level, the day has even expanded to longer Black Week. It seems that the concept is marketed so well as ‘Black Friday’ that the term is not translated to local languages. (Read more about Black Friday on Wikipedia.)

However, ‘black’ is a word that exists in different languages. Black is a color that appears when the visible light is completely absorbed or when there is no visible light at all. Now let’s learn how black is said in different languages:

The word 'black' in different languages

Here is the list of ‘black’ translated to other languages:

  • Afrikaans – swart
  • Albanian – e zezë
  • Amharic – ጥቁር
  • Arabic – أسود
  • Armenian – Սեվ
  • Azerbaijani – qara
  • Basque – beltza
  • Belarusian – чорны
  • Bengali – কালো
  • Bosnian – crn
  • Bulgarian – черно
  • Burmese – အနက်ရောင်
  • Catalan – negre
  • Cebuano – itom
  • Chichewa – wakuda
  • Chinese – 黑色
  • Corsican – neru
  • Croatian – crno
  • Czech – Černá
  • Danish – sort
  • Dutch – zwart
  • Estonian – must
  • Filipino – itim
  • Finnish – musta
  • French – noir
  • Frisian – Swart
  • Galician – negro
  • Georgian – შავი
  • German – schwarz
  • Greek – μαύρος
  • Gujarati – કાળા
  • Hausa – baki
  • Hawaiian – eleʻele
  • Hebrew – שָׁחוֹר
  • Hindi – काली
  • Hmong – dub
  • Hungarian – fekete
  • Icelandic – Svartur
  • Igbo – black
  • Indonesian – hitam
  • Irish – dubh
  • Italian – nero
  • Japanese – 黒
  • Javanese – ireng
  • Kannada – ಕಪ್ಪು
  • Kazakh – қара
  • Khmer – ខ្មៅ
  • Kinyarwanda – umukara
  • Korean – 검은
  • Kurdish – reş
  • Kyrgyz – Кара
  • Lao – ສີດໍາ
  • Latvian – melns
  • Lithuanian – juodas
  • Luxembourgish – schwaarz
  • Macedonian – црна
  • Malagasy – mainty
  • Malay – hitam
  • Malayalam – കറുത്ത
  • Maltese – iswed
  • Maori – pango
  • Marathi – काळा
  • Mongolian – хар
  • Nepali – कालो
  • Norwegian – svart
  • Odia – କଳା
  • Pashto – تور
  • Persian – سیاه
  • Polish – czarny
  • Portuguese – Preto
  • Punjabi – ਕਾਲਾ
  • Romanian – negru
  • Russian – черный
  • Samoan – lanu uliuli
  • Scots Gaelic – Dubh
  • Serbian – црн
  • Sesotho – ba batsho
  • Shona – nhema
  • Sindhi – ڪارو
  • Sinhala – කලු
  • Slovak – čierna
  • Slovenian – črna
  • Somali – madow
  • Spanish – negro
  • Sundanese – hideung
  • Swahili – nyeusi
  • Swedish – svart
  • Tajik – сиёҳ
  • Tamil – கருப்பு
  • Tatar – кара
  • Telugu – బ్లాక్
  • Thai – สีดำ
  • Turkish – siyah
  • Turkmen – gara
  • Ukrainian – чорний
  • Urdu – سیاہ
  • Uyghur – black
  • Uzbek – qora
  • Vietnamese – đen
  • Welsh – du
  • Xhosa – mnyama
  • Yiddish – שוואַרץ
  • Yoruba – dudu
  • Zulu – black

Do you know more translations to the word black? Just leave a comment below.


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